Baby born the size of cell phone in W-S making progress

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- Adilynn Renee is tiny but she's a fighter. She was born four months early and weighed less than a pound.

"[She] wasn’t even supposed to live, so we sat here the whole time thinking she was going to die," explains Matthew Reynolds, Adilynn's dad.

Adilynn is one of the tiniest babies ever born at Forsyth Medical Center.

"She has definitely gone against the odds for someone her age. She, in many places, wouldn’t make it but she has," explains Dr. Jennifer Helderman, with Forsyth Medical Center. Doctors had to use their smallest breathing tube for Adilynn when she was born.

Tuesday Adilynn turns two weeks old. She now weighs a little more than a pound. Little accomplishments like opening her eyes and lifting her head are big deals.

"An ounce or a gram has never meant more to us until now," explains Chelsea Gregory, Adilynn's mom.

Adilynn's mom and dad can see their little girl growing each day and there's a photographer proving there really is progress.

"I want them to see what they’ve overcome and what their daughters overcome," explains Deneen Bryan, with Capturing Hopes Photography.

Bryan is taking at least one picture of Adilynn for 100 consecutive days. For Bryan, these pictures are personal. Years ago, Bryan had a baby who needed a liver transplant. During her family's time in the hospital there was a photographer taking pictures.

"I didn’t think a whole lot of it until later. She passed away when she was 6 months of age and after she passed away we got those photos in the mail," explains Bryan.

When Adilynn was a week old, Bryan wanted to try and show just how tiny she was. Bryan put a cell phone next to her. Adilynn was about the same size as the phone.

Doctors say Adilynn is healthy but she will have to stay at the hospital while she grows stronger. Adilynn's mom and dad can't wait to tell and show her the story of when she was a little girl.

If Adilynn continues to improve she should be able to go home by September.

To learn more about Capturing Hopes Photography, visit


  • DTC

    So sweet! Wishing you all the best! Our little boy was born at Forsyth in 2010, he weighed 26oz, and his roomie in the NICU weighed just 13oz. They both are turning 4 this year – Forsyth Med. is an incredible facility!

  • Ashley

    I have a 26 weeker that was 1lb 10oz that was born in 2010 and spent quite some time in Forsyth’s NICU. Those guys are AMAZING! I will never forget any of them!

  • Jessica

    So happy to see improvements! My twin boys were born at FMC last July and spent time in the NICU, I will never forget how caring the nurses were. FMC definitely has the best NICU nurses around!! Good luck to your family & keep growing Adilynn!!

  • Preemie Mommy

    My son was born there also. He was born at 28 weeks, weighing 3lbs 11oz. He was extremely big for a 28 week preemie. He came out breathing and crying on his own. He stayed in the NICU @ FMC for thirty days. The entire NICU staff were amazing and took such good care of him. He will turn 5 years old on July 24th and is advanced in cognitive, social, height and weight areas. Thanks to the staff who gave him the best start in life!! I have never forgotten any of them.

  • EllyMae Haverstick

    My son was also born there at a mere 27.5 weeks and he weighed 3lbs 1 oz. He stayed from Nov 8 until dec 24th. He will be turning 3 come November. I am so Thankful and Grateful to the Drs and Nursing staff at Forsyth for the care and excellent work while my son was fighting to be with me. They are an amazing group of people! Keep Fighting, Babygirl Adilynn! We are praying for you!

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